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I let my car sit for a couple of months without turning over, now have had problems starting. Replaced distributor cap and rotor, was blackened. Still cant start on own. When I put gas directly into engine will start but will not idle, Is this a fuel pump issue?
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Has the original fuel gone stale ?Check that the fuel is ok If you can disconnect fuel line at engine end and put hose into tin to see if pump is operating properly when ignition is on or cranking, having help is essential as monitoring the fuel going into the container and doing the ignition at the same time can be awkward.Also make sure the fuel filter is clear if no fuel comes out during previous test

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